The Enneagram in Business

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"The Leadership Challenge: The Art of Greatness NOW," a national conference on use of the Enneagram in the workplace, is scheduled for September 10-12 in Alexandria, VA.

The conference curriculum and networking experiences will result in the expanded understanding and practical application of the Enneagram in the workplace

Enneagram Worldwide and Transform, Inc. will co-sponsor an inaugural leadership conference for business executives, owners, managers, and educators on September 10-12 in Alexandria, VA. The Enneagram is a personality profiling system, made up of nine personality types, designed to give people a better understanding of themselves and those around them. The unique approach has appealed to businesses of all sizes and is utilized to restructure and strengthen the core of the organization.

"Until now, there hasn't been a national conference that would allow for collective instruction and personal exchange by business leaders who use the Enneagram," said David Daniels, MD, co-founder of Enneagram Worldwide, the California-based Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) and Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition. While other personality profiling tools such as Myers-Briggs and The Big Five are more commonly known in the professional world, Daniels says the Enneagram provides business leaders a deeper opportunity to develop vital skills of self awareness and self mastery that are crucial for effective leadership, communication and team-building.

The three-day conference will offer a real-world curriculum consisting of panel discussions and breakout groups led by certified Enneagram educators and business professionals. "The conference curriculum and networking experiences will result in the expanded understanding and practical application of the Enneagram in the workplace," Daniels says. Attendees will become a part of a larger professional community consisting of peers who have integrated their knowledge of the Enneagram in their leadership roles and throughout their organizations. These sessions will offer greater insight into the use of this dynamic tool as it relates to enhanced leadership and employee productivity. Participants also will explore and resolve personal limitations that negatively impact effectiveness, and develop specific strategies for the implementation of enhanced leadership approaches.

Scott Jamieson, former CEO and president of The Care of Trees, says the Enneagram was the most powerful self-development tool used in his organization. "The Enneagram was introduced as a sale training tool, but soon became indoctrinated into virtually every aspect of our corporate culture. It helped our leadership become aware of their management styles and break down the barriers that impeded communication and efficiency." Jamison says the system also had a positive impact on sales and overall morale. "Ultimately, we all achieved greater awareness of ourselves and our peers, resulting in greater productivity."

Scott Wilder, group manager of Intuit's QuickBooks Online Small Business Community and Collaboration Website, is a self-described advocate of the use of personality profiling systems in the workplace. "I initially viewed the Enneagram as another type of profiling tool but I discovered with time that it brings a lot more to the table - in terms of both career and personal growth. It is deeper and more complex in terms of the information it reveals, offering insights into people's strengths as well as when outside in their comfort zones."

Wilder says he was impressed with the overall results to his workplace after integrating the Enneagram. "I introduced the Enneagram to my team, which is dispersed in various parts of the country and made up of people of all cultures and backgrounds. When surveyed on their satisfaction with work, their company, opportunities for growth, and interaction with their managers - our team members had their highest employment engagement scores at Intuit. I believe use of the Enneagram had a lot to do with this by creating an open environment."

"The Leadership Challenge" will be facilitated by David Daniels; Peter O'Hanrahan, CET, associate trainer and director of the Enneagram Professional Training Program at Enneagram Worldwide; as well as Theresa Gale, MS, CBM, CET, and Mary Anne Wampler, CET, co-founders of Transform, Inc., a national consulting firm that draws heavily on the Enneagram when assisting business clients. Gale and Wampler also are the co-authors of "Wake Up and SELL," a book that explores enhanced sales success through knowledge of the Enneagram.

Curriculum topics featured in conference panel discussion will include: "The Enneagram and Leadership," "Defining Great Leadership," "Neurobiology of Change," "Three Centers of Intelligence," "Self Mastery Models," "Mindfulness Didactic and Practice," "Motivation, Communication, Decision Making," "Emotional Intelligence," "Bodywork Practices," and more.

Fees for "The Leadership Challenge: The Art of Greatness NOW," are $1695 for individuals, $1495 per registrant when registering within a group of two or more. Attendees can register for the conference at Transform Inc or by calling 301-419-2835.

Enneagram Worldwide offers individuals and organizations a unique and transformative experience through Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD. Their website, Enneagram Worldwide, provides a wealth of information on the nine types and features a free 16-page guide on the Enneagram and a free test to determine your Enneagram subtype.

Transform, Inc., based in Laurel, MD, was founded in 1994 with the mission of making the workplace more successful and stimulating through their consulting services. The organization takes a holistic, systems-based approach to promote effective leadership and organizational change. Information on their services and other resources is available on .

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Evangeline Welch
Intuitive Leaps Creative Services


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